PhD student

PhD student

Job offer from May 18, 2018

The institute of Quantitative Genetics and Genomics of Plants in the faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf invites applications for the post of

PhD student

The position is limited to a period of three years and is funded by the DFG. The position is located at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne and after the construction of the Centre for Synthetic Life Sciences, the campus of the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.

The work of the newly founded institute for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics of Plants aims to identify the causes of natural phenotypic variation of crop plants on a molecular level, in order to attain the ultimate goal of our work – the prediction of phenotypic performance under various environmental conditions. In the frame of this project, the fine mapping, cloning, and first functional analysis of a resistance QTL of maize against barley yellow dwarf virus is planned.

Your tasks

  • Plan and perform biochemical and histological analyses as well as field and green house trials with maize
  • Bioinformatic analyses of RNA and DNA data sets
  • Biometrical analysis of molecular marker data sets as well as phenotyping experiments
  • Preparation of scientific publications

Our requirements:

  • M.Sc. in biology, agricultural sciences or related disciplines
  • Excellent knowledge of genetics
  • Experimental experience with plant molecular biology and genetics such as the generation, handling and screening of nucleic acid libraries, molecular cloning, handling and characterization of mutant lines
  • qRT-PCR is highly advantageous
  • Proficiency in R programming and biostatistics is highly advantageous
  • Excellent communication skills in English (spoken and written)
  • High motivation, team spirit, and independence

The salary will be, depending on the personal qualification of the applicant, up to pay grade TV-L EG 13.

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf aims at increasing the percentage of employed women. Applications from women will therefore be given preference in cases of equal aptitude, ability and professional achievements unless there are exceptional reasons for choosing another applicant. Applications from suitably qualified severely disabled persons or disabled persons regarded as being of equal status according to Book IX of the German social Code (SGB – Soziales Gesetzbuch) are encouraged.

Your contact person in case of questions is Benjamin Stich; email:

Please submit your written application with a cover letter, CV, relevant certificates, and contact details of 2-3 referees citing “PhD student BYDV” preferentially as a single PDF file to Ines Sigge, email:

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